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So maybe I wandered away from the Idea House just long enough to see what the students at Harrington College of Design were doing in the back corner of the expo a student of the school myself, how could I resist?Students were challenged to transform a skilled nursing room into a special home for an AAHSA member resident on a limited budget. 14 students from one of the graduate studio classes at Harrington were chosen to participate and compete against each other in groups of two. Initial concepts were created and presented to a team of judges consisting of Joseph Hassel, Jennifer McDermott and Carlo Salvador from Perkins Eastman, Julie Moller from Freeman White and John-Martin Rutherford and Crandon Gustafson from Harrington College of Design. I actually met Mr. Hassel today and he described the entire process and competition to me.From there, two of the schemes were chosen. The students were re-organized in 2 groups, an orange team and a green team and they have 48 to complete their designs. Guests of the expo can vote for their favorite one and the winner will receive $1000.00The picture above were the original submissions and below I have the concepts and the teams in action.Hopefully I can get pictures of the finished rooms to publish.

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